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Thread: Things I learned by quilting at 3 a.m.

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    You can learn all kinds of things from quilting in the quiet of the night. I did....let us see:

    I learned that if you are FMQ'ing and you have to fill a bobbin back up - that if you don't change the tension back to regular or normal that you end up with a ball of thread mess - worthless except for a birds nest.

    I learned that if you are trying to sandwich a quilt that is taller than you and you hang it on a wall - to use a step stool to spray quilt basting spray. Quilt basting spray is worse than Aqua Net hair spray and took 4 washings to get out of my hair.

    I learned that you must use a calculator to add your measurements because at 3 a.m. 23 + 23 = 56 inches but in the light of day and after having coffee it only measures 46 and you can save yourselve an hour of trying to figure out why the back is so much larger than the front.

    That at 3 a.m. Righty tighty and lefty Lucy doesn't make sense...while changing the walking foot; turning till I just about pulled a muscle in my shoulder; yelling at the machine and oiling the screw thinking I over tightened it.....I kept repeating that....well repeating it is good - but at 3 a.m. your left hand becomes your right and vice versa - by morning they have changed back and are in their correct spot.

    Best of all...I learned - I'm not quilting at 3 a.m. again....I spent 3 hours undoing all the 3 a.m. quilting fairies work after I had coffee today!

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    lol...thnx for sharing your lessons learned

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    Been there, done that. Keep smiling!

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    LOL...3a.m. is best kept for sleeping my dear...quilting fairies should be dancing in your head, not messing with your head.

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    funny! :lol: :lol: :lol:

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    Hahahahaha - that was funny! Sorry about all that but just look at how knowledgable you have become.

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    ummmmm..... I take it ---- you are NOT a night owl!? LOL

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    I appreciate your lessons learned. I've learned it's usually best to take a break after the 2nd mistake, because a third is sure to follow.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bottle Blonde
    ummmmm..... I take it ---- you are NOT a night owl!? LOL
    Actually, I am - being up at 3 a.m. is nothing new - but quilting at 3 a.m. - that is.....

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    Thanks for your learning lesson. One I hope to avoid

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    Bless your heart. Even in the middle of the day, my lefty lucy and righty tighty are wrong. Being left handed things just are backwards!!!
    Next time you decide to quilt at 3 a.m., make sure to have had your coffee FIRST. And maybe a few peices of chocolate to get your mind working.

    I am sure you learned these lessons well...and I am pretty sure that you will have to RE-LEARN them later on down the road because you forgot that you learned them the first time. LOL. Thats a sign of getting older. (didn't want to say "AGING, or Dementia").

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    That funny i could see all that going wrong at 3 am

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    Funny!....and all so very true!! I was home sick one day, so I decided to work on a quilt block...After ripping out the same mistake 5 times, yes, 1-2-3-4-5..times..:)I realized I was alot sicker than what I thought...I went back to bed.....:) V

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    Funny!....and all so very true!! I was home sick one day, so I decided to work on a quilt block...After ripping out the same mistake 5 times, yes, 1-2-3-4-5..times..:)I realized I was alot sicker than what I thought...I went back to bed.....:)

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    You're a riot!! hahahaha....I can see you now with the basting spray falling down on your head ....too funny! That's something I would do :mrgreen:

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    I used to stay up til 3, doing dollhouse needlepoint, then go to bed when GAC went off the air because the music gave me a tempo to work to.

    Thanks so much for the tip on filling the bobbin when FMQ, I have hopes of trying it and that would NEVER have occurred to me.

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    I've made all those mistakes, but was still growling the next day..... I love your sense of humor!

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    well at least you can have a sense of humor about it, and I agree with the other posts, 3am is for sleeping, I know at least it is for me, my other half would not apprecite me running my sewing machine at that hour, and it was not for the lack of trying...lol

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    Thanks for sharing your lessons learned. It always helps to be able to laugh at ourselves! I have learned that my brain shuts down after 9 pm, so no late night or early morning sewing for me!

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    OH God and i was thinking to put a small quilting station in my bedroom when i can't sleep so i don't have to wake the kids up being my sewing room the loft in front of their rooms...hmmmm i have to rethink this plan then :)

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    Basting spray in your hair! Next time wear a plastic shower cap. Only trying to help. Oh, and send pictures. :lol:

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    Sounds about right to me. LOL - Thanks for sharing.

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    That was so funny. I can see all those things happening even at high noon. There isn't anything on TV at 3 am. Ask me how I know.
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    That was so funny. I can see all those things happening even at high noon. There isn't anything on TV at 3 am. Ask me how I know.
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    There goes my last excuse! That stuff happens to me at 3 pm!

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